Caleb Kinlaw won’t follow in his brother Rodney’s footsteps and matriculate to Penn State. Instead, he will take the college path his cousin selected.
Kinlaw tweeted “#YellowJacketNation” on his Twitter account (@TheLaw20_DosUno) Friday night.
Yes, Kinlaw’s cousin is Joe Hamilton, who finished second in the Heisman voting in 1999. Just this May, Hamilton returned to Georgia Tech when he was rehired by Georgia Tech to provide assistance with recruiting.
“I know a lot of the coaches down there,” said the 5-10, 180-pound running back with sub-4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash. “They will have my best interests at heart.”
But Kinlaw’s decision to head to Atlanta was based on more than what happens on the gridiron. It’s also about what happens after graduation.
Kinlaw’s top five included Georgia Tech, Tennessee, North Carolina, Arizona and Kansas State.
“Georgia Tech was fourth on my list,” Kinlaw said. “All the football teams were pretty much equal. The one thing that won me over is the academics. I want to be a mechanical engineer.”
With Kinlaw’s commitment, Georgia Tech landed its second player from the Lowcountry who was ranked among the state’s top 30 seniors. Kinlaw will join Porter-Gaud defensive end Michael Preddy in the Yellow Jackets’ 2014 recruiting class.
Kinlaw’s brother Rodney was a running back who earned all-state honors at Stratford and signed with Penn State. The older Kinlaw rushed for more than 1,000 yards in 2007, his senior season at Penn State.
Caleb Kinlaw made a name for himself at Goose Creek. He showed flashes of brilliance as a freshman with great speed and elusive moves.
He rushed for 1,497 yards as a sophomore and put up impressive numbers last fall despite being slowed by injuries. He rushed for 1,006 yards and 15 touchdowns on only 132 carries.
The Kinlaw brothers talked about the recruiting process.
“I basically told Caleb to focus on his education in case football doesn’t work out,” he said. “He wants to be an engineer, so he will get a great degree and have a great opportunity with football, with our cousin Joe Hamilton there to guide him.”
With that little bit of brotherly advice, Georgia Tech was able to keep it all in the family.